Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC to protest ceasefire violations

Islamabad, Nov 8 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh and lodged a “strong” protest over “unprovoked” ceasefire violations across the Line of Control.

Foreign Officer Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and “strongly condemned” Indian ceasefire violations on Monday in the Nikial and Jandrot sectors, resulting in the deaths of three civilians, including a woman, and injuries to four others, a statement said.

The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement, investigate the continued incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, and stop targeting villages and civilians along the LoC, the statement added.

The summoning of the Indian official comes as three Indian High Commission officials who Pakistan has accused of working for the Research and Analysis wing left Pakistan.

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner has been summoned to the Foreign Office several times in the past weeks, amid rising tensions between the two neighbours.